Archive for December, 2014

More thoughts: The Interview

December 30, 2014

I was overjoyed when Sony decided to change their minds about distributing Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s new film, even if it was only to a very very limited number of theatres and some funky online rental dealies. $15 million in weekend sales is pretty impressive considering how limited the once wide release has become. But if yesterday’s foray to Keene yesterday with my partner in awesome for the only place showing it anywhere near us was any indication, it will surely have a wide release fairly soon. The theatre was packed, and the movie itself was beyond even my fairly high expectations. I have never seen a bad film by these guys, and this may have even surpassed this year’s earlier hit, “Neighbors.” I don’t know who hacked, and I really don’t care who hacked it, I’m just glad they didn’t win after all, and that’s all I will say about that. Are there plenty of jokes with North Korea at the butt of them? Certainly. Is the humor majorly focused on Americans anti-world attitudes and a social commentary on American idiocy and arrogance? Of course. Is it stupid? Yes, and No. It’s stupid in the way we have come to expect in Rogen and Franco’s comedic style, but as always it’s also cleverly stupid. But in a lot of ways, as ridiculous as some aspects of this film are, it really breaks the mold and very articulately pokes fingers at the censors, and people like the hackers who need to not take things so seriously. It is certainly a more of a coming of age kind of piece from the guys who have brought us the biggest hits of stoner/slacker comedy films. And the hack, and the publicity surrounding it, the banter between many countries heads of state, and everything else that has come from this movie’s existence truly shows that maybe the world has come a bit further than we have realized in these last few years, with people always blaming all the wrong people for everything that goes on in this world. So what it really comes down to is, if you aren’t a fan of this type of movie, you won’t like it, if you are you will love it, and if you aren’t sure, then it’s probably not for you either. But it is exactly what it is and does what Rogen/Goldberg set out to do all along. So make your choice based on yourself and not anyone else.

The Interview

December 19, 2014

I am not alone in being bummed about not getting to see The Interview, which I have been hyped up about for over a year at this point. And I can’t help but wonder, if the threat is real or if it’s just some jackasses causing trouble for attention, that either way I feel like we’re living inside some 90’s movie, where hackers rule the early internet with an iron fist or something. I don’t know, I just feel like that. Personally, I think it’s just a cry for attention, and also a way for them to cause disruption, by distributing the movie themselves to short change the studio. They say, “it’s no inside job.” I say, I think it is, but that’s not the point. Either way, if Hollywood can kowtow to some hackers for a movie that is pure satire and not to be taken seriously by any means, there is a problem. I understand delaying release, but cancelling release entirely is idiotic. What does this mean for the future? There are so many films in this vein, and people barely bat an eye when they come out. People who are offended will be offended, it’s just how it works. But now everyone wants to see this film. Let it out.

Merry And Bright Part 5: The Gift nobody wants..

December 19, 2014

Okay, so it’s less than a week before Christmas so it’s a bit too late to request this of those who bestow the gifts upon you, but in all fairness, I know what you don’t want for Christmas, unless you do, so stop reading right now. But I feel like a Chia pet is not something you would be happy to get. And maybe it’s selfish to say, “don’t get me this,” but I think this is part of bad gifting 101. Nobody will be happy that you got them a mold farm for Christmas. But sure enough, you would not believe the number of people who have requested daily help in having me point them into the aisle where they are located. Hot seller this year people. Be alert!

Merry and Bright Part Four: Shopping

December 17, 2014

Holiday Shopping can be a nightmare, especially if you haven’t started yet. There’s only a week left folks, get on with it. Whatcha’ waiting for? The stores are all swamped with people at this point,and you’re really just setting yourself up for a bigger headache. But do what I do. Buy things when you think of them, or the person that they seem good for, don’t get everything all at once. Your wallet will thank you, and you will thank yourself. Wrap presents as you buy them. I did, and from here on out it’s smooth sailing, even though I have a few last minute things to get, but who doesn’t? I love Christmas, and I intend to pull out all the stops. Within reason, of course. Stocking stuffers and other incidentals are bound to pop up within a week. Another tip: get them something they don’t know they want, like a cd they didn’t ask for, or a book that reminds you of something they read recently, or a new scarf. Who doesn’t need a new scarf? Let’s face it, Tvs make lousy Christmas gifts, unless yours went bust. And cars? Have you seen these commercials? It doesn’t seem realistic that someone would be expecting the keys to a new civic under their tree, unless you are crazy loaded, and who is these days? Haven’t started shopping yet? Don’t freak out, just get out, and get shopping. Happy trails everyone.

Merry and Bright Part Three: Christmas Specials

December 17, 2014

Here is a list of my must watch seasonal favorites, in no particular order.

Elf
It’s A Wonderful Life
White Christmas
Christmas Vacation
Rudolph
Charlie Brown Christmas
A Muppet Christmas Carol

Merry and Bright Part Two: Holiday Tunes

December 17, 2014

What better way to ring in the holidays, and what better way to accompany a major wrap session then with some amazing Christmas music. I find a good mix of traditional pieces, and more modern Christmas offerings really delivers the balance you need. So don’t make yourself pick between a Rock N Roll Christmas or carol singers, use both, and throw in all the jazzy standards while you’re at it. I discovered a surprising gem in regard to the jazzy standards in Seth McFarlane’s new Christmas album, Holiday for Swing. Yes, that Seth McFarlane. No funny business here, just plain old normal Christmas songs accompanied by an awesome orchestra. Check it out y’all.

The Voice

December 17, 2014

So the Voice finale was on last night, and every time one of these competition shows rolls around, I sometimes wonder about the American public’s taste in music, and the ultimate result was certainly not an exception to the rules. And no, it’s not because he’s country, I’ve kind of gotten over my loathing for country music, as deep-seated as it was. And no, I’m not opposed to him winning because he has the same name as me. Us Craigs gotta stick together after all. But on a show called the Voice, you are voting for who has the best Voice, and Craig Wayne Boyd surely doesn’t have a better voice than Damien, Matt McAndrew, and Chris Jamison, who all seem to have more mass appeal as chameleon artists, than Craig does sticking to one type of thing. But that is also not a problem. But what is strange is that Matt McAndrew topped the download charts on Itunes at the time of the finale last night. So apparently the most popular person on the show still can’t win. Oh well, all four of them got to drive off in brand new Nissans, and each of their new singles are phenomenal, and better than what I have come to expect from finalists on this show, as much as I have loved a few contestants here and there in the past.

Merry and Bright: Part One

December 17, 2014

Here’s Part One of Christmas series on how to make it a great and super amazing holiday for you and for all others involved. So in the age of getting most people gift cards, and money being tight all around, chances are, unless you spotted some really primo deals or didn’t buy stuff for yourself on black Friday, you don’t have all that many things to wrap. So the first step to an awesome christmas, is some super snazzy wrapping paper. No, it doesn’t have to be expensive, it just goes in the trash after, which I think is rather horrible, but alas, we can’t save the world at every corner. It is always fun to open presents, which is why i don’t tend to ask for gift cards and the like. Being able to open something up, and to know that someone thought more than a little bit of you when picking out your presents really goes a long way to expand one’s joyful feelings at Christmas time. Now that isn’t to say that the present itself is really the idea behind the day or the family gatherings all around, but what you get or give isn’t as important as the reason you get, or the reason you give. But all the same, my point is, super cool wrapping paper is remembered and can be a talking point, since if your holiday gatherings are anything like mine, I don’t know what to talk to my family about. Now penguins in Santa hats? That’s cute and worthy of a comment or three. Isn’t it?

So another year..

December 13, 2014

Another year of blogging, another year running by, not jogging. Another year living and breathing, another year of doing and seeing. Another year of highs and lows, another year with snow. Another birthday reached, another of mortality’s securities breached. New music, more love, more fun. Lessons, crises, more memories to laugh at. Hands held high we look to the future. Heads held high, we breathe in the now. Hearts set aright, set afire, living for tonight. Christmas is coming, the year is ending. And I can’t help but wonder about birthdays still, when we always have one more birthday than the number we use to denote it. Living through life, we laugh more. Loving fully, there’s always another open door. Remember those who came before, as we honor the living with presents, and our presence. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Hannakuh, Kwanzaa. Festivus for the Rest of us? Just be yourself whatever you celebrate this year. And may your hearts be moved, as you experience something true. Be not blue as you always strive to try something new. How’s that for a how do ya do?

Making Spirits Bright

December 13, 2014

Look no further than making a copy of Bastille’s brand new mixtape, or download it yourself off of Itunes right now. Vs, features some amazing collaborators, and grandiose instrumentations that are trademark Bastille through and through. Dan Smith and co. have been on a high since their band exploded on the charts, and ever since I managed to see them live twice this year, I can’t stop talking about them or listening to them for that matter. What a year it must be for them. This mixtape seamlessly blends Hip Hop beats, orchestra sounds, stripped down raw acoustic sounds, computerized blips and clicks like most artists could only dream of. But of course Bastille has had help making this, I mean why else is it referred to as a mixtape as opposed to an album. I absolutely loved early leaked tracks, Torn Apart and Weapon, as well as the hauntingly mellow, The Driver, but now that all nine tracks are available to me, I think mixtape isn’t even a fair description of this. It is definitely a general theme as mournful as Oblivion and as uplifting as Pompeii, and all nine tracks added up together seem like one whole unit. Certainly no Rock Opera, but certainly something unlike any other.